Review: Mobile Design Pattern Gallery – UI Patterns for Mobile Applications – OReilly Publishing

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery – UI Patterns for Mobile Applications – 2nd Edition
by Theresa Neil
Publisher: O’Reilly

A device-agnostic look at design patterns.  This well-done book covers the gamut of design patterns and gives thoughtful explanations on what works and what does not work.


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Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 2nd Edition is not yet available.  The expected publication date is May 22, 2014.

This updated edition is chock full of great design patterns and why they work.  The book says it targets developers and it hits the mark.  Each section of the book covers the full range of the topic.  For example, the Navigation section covers the topics of permanent and transient navigation within mobile applications including navigation patterns like springboards, dashboards, galleries, tab menus, etc.  Side drawers, toggle menus, page swiping, and more are all explained.  Based on title alone, I had to read “Oceans of Buttons” in the anti-patterns chapter.  Just one of the gems in that section is where the author compares an older version of an application to a newer version, where they’ve actually gotten worse.  To quote the author, “now with more buttons!”.

This is a well-written book with tons of examples for mobile design.

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